Students returning from Kota on special trains do not need to pay the fare, the Bihar government is paying the fare to the railway, says Nitish Kumar.

PATNA: CM Nitish Kumar on Monday said the students coming back for special trains It is not necessary to pay the train fee. The state government is paying the railways.

In a bid to clarify the raging confusion as to who will pay the fare of the returning migrant workers, students and other people, he also said the migrant workers would be reimbursed the train fare at the block level centres on completion of their 21-day period of quarantine.

“Each returning migrant worker or others will be paid Rs 500 plus train reimbursement and other fees, at their respective block level quarantine center. A minimum amount of Rs 1,000 will be paid to each returnee at the end of the 21-day quarantine period, ”Nitish said in a recorded video broadcast by his office on Monday.

CM said his government did not make any announcement about the fares of special trains earlier because “we believe in doing work on the ground and not making propaganda.”

“The students , who are coming to Bihar from Kota by special trains , do not have to pay fares. The state government is paying money for this to the railways,” Nitish categorically said.

At the beginning of his 5.30-minute long recorded statement, Bihar CM thanked the Centre for providing special trains to facilitate transportation of stranded migrant workers, student and others from different parts of the country. He said the Centre provided special trains on the advice of his government .

Nitish said the people arriving through special trains would first be screened at the railways' station. “After the screening, they would be taken to their respective block-level quarantine centre through special buses. All necessary arrangements for food, lodging and medical assistance have been made at all the block level quarantine centres where they will have to stay for 21 days. I have asked officials to also make arrangement of the sufficient number of toilets and bathrooms at such quarantine centres,” he said.

Recounting the works done by his government to help stranded natives of Bihar in other states, Nitish said his government decided to pay Rs 1,000 per stranded person. “Till date, we have transferred Rs 1,000 each in the bank accounts of around 19 lakh people who applied for the monetary assistance from the Bihar government . The applications of a few people are still under the process of scrutiny. The money would also be transferred in their bank accounts,” Bihar CM said.